Tile Map

Category: Terra Cotta Sites

T1 - Apartment Building

Central Mpls Map
Hawthorne & 13th St.

Hennepin Ave. to 13th St. heading north, go to the end of block, on the corner. Park and walk to right, second building, terra cotta and brick building.


T2 - Aveda

Central Mpls Map
Corner of 400 4th St. SE & Central Ave.

T3 - Baker Building

Downtown Mpls Map
706 2nd Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55402

Stone building with terra cotta trimmings. Basic box structure given meaning through articulation of historical, stylistic imagery in the terra cotta medium. Notice how the stone has darkened and how the terra cotta has retained original color. Larson & McLaren, 1925-1926.


T4 - Essex Building

Downtown Mpls Map
84 South 10th St., Minneapolis, MN 55403

Lower stories are terra cotta with metal cornice at the top. Pieces look like stone but the size (pieces never exceed 18x24) is a major characteristic of terra cotta. Note how the joints figure into overall composition and set up rhythms and divisions. Repetitive nature of the material shows in the window casings. Note the durable nature of the material when comparing the metal cornice to the terra cotta. Ernest Kennedy, 1913.


T5 - Grain Exchange

Central Mpls Map
400 South 4th St., Minneapolis, MN 55415.

Hierarchy of detail and repetition (e.g., 98 machine spandrel units, 12 hand-worked column capitals). Good relationship of raw terra cotta clay body & brick color. Kees & Colburn, 1900-1902.


T6 - Grain Exchange Annex

Central Mpls Map
412 South 4th St., Minneapolis, MN 55415.

Rustication motif used to express terra cotta extrusion process. Good contrast of color between white terra cotta glaze and orange brick. Prairie School influence on classical trimming. Long, Lamoreaux & Long, 1909.


T7 - Hamm Building

Downtown St Paul Map
408 St. Peter St., St. Paul, MN 55102.

T8 - Hosmer Community Library

Twin Cities Metro Map
347 36th St., Minneapolis, MN 55408. 612-630-6950.

White terra cotta entryway and exterior details.


T9 - Lafayette Building

Downtown Mpls Map
1108 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN.

T10 - Langford/Newell Block

Downtown Mpls Map
300 1st Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55401.
Terra cotta used specifically as a medium for ornament, with its plastic qualities fully expressed. The raw clay body is reworked and finished by hand. Notice the train and clipper ship in the corn cartouche--they symbolize the commerce that originally took place here. W.H. Dennis & Company, 1887.

T11 - Lowry Medical Arts Building

Downtown St Paul Map
300 Saint Peter St., St. Paul, MN 55102.
French Louis XV terra cotta ornament applied to American skyscraper. Strongly stated cornice. Base light, top dark. Kees & Colburn, 1911-1912.

T12 - Lincoln Office Building

Downtown Mpls Map
806 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403.

T13 - Mack Building

Twin Cities Metro Map
2505 University Ave., St. Paul, MN 55114.

T14 - Medical Arts Building

Downtown Mpls Map
827 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN
Whole building is in deep relief like a shadow drawing, with line of dark shadow at the top and bottom. Note gargoyles at the top. Very stylistic-half gothic, half art deco. Long & Thorshou, 1923.

T16 - Nate's

Downtown Mpls Map
25 North 4th St., Minneapolis, MN 55401
Lavish overhang where lightweight terra cotta is hung from a steel cantilever. Building is an older example of terra cotta evidenced by a lack of surface glaze. Notice how the architrave becomes a jamb. Long, Lamoreaux & Long, 1919.

T17 - Orpheum Theater

Downtown Mpls Map
912 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403.
Machine-pressed fan light ornament, terra cotta balconies. Kirkhoff & Rose, 1921.

T18 - Pioneer Press Building

Downtown St Paul Map
336 Robert St., St. Paul, MN 55101.
Look for hand-worked terra cotta in the spaces between the spring arch. Chicago School architect S.S. Beman, 1888-1889.

T19 - Rockler Fur Company

Downtown Mpls Map
18 North 4th St., Minneapolis, MN 55401.
Material in profile combined with style to express soaring steel frame. Piers begin to reveal art deco qualities. Much damage. Victor de Brauwere, 1915.

T22 - State Theater

Downtown Mpls Map
805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55402.
Opulent use of terra cotta express the theatrics of the place. Notice masks at the top. Tricks used to hide the joints and give the impression of larger terra cotta pieces. Enclosing environment of entry. J.E.O. Fridmore, 1920-1921.

T23 - Teener's Fabrics

Downtown Mpls Map
727-729 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403.

T24 - Thresher Square

Central Mpls Map
708 South 3rd St., Minneapolis, MN 55415.
Terra cotta cartouche used as a corporate logo. Classic capital - no shaft or base. Simple show box mass--plastic qualities of terra cotta give it a strong character and expression at windows and entries. Kees & Colburn, 1900-1904.

T25 - World (now Fitzgerald) Theater

Downtown St Paul Map
4 East 8th St., St. Paul, MN 55413.
100% terra cotta cladding. Use of extruded, machine-pressed and hand-built techniques. Classic giant order pilasters with modern abstract color composition. Marshall & Fox, 1910.

T26 - Wyman Building

Downtown Mpls Map
400 South 1st Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55401.
Notice the huge size of the terra cotta pieces that make up the column. Brick and terra cotta most likely made of the same clay body. Long & Kees, 1896.

T27 - YMCA Building

Downtown Mpls Map
30 South 9th St., Minneapolis, MN 55402.
Use of Tudor and Gothic motifs to express a tall building. Stone base with matching terra cotta in the upper stories. Areas of terra cotta are deeply carved, while carving on the stone was kept to a minimum. Notice how the stone & the terra cotta have weathered differently. Long, Lamoreaux & Long, 1919.


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